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More Reasons to Love SRQ Daily

2014-SRQDAILYMasthead-OpEdEarlier this month, we announced new columnists joining the the weekend edition of SRQ Daily. They are local influencers in various fields with a finger on the pulse of our community. We know that in order to live local, it is important to listen and learn local, as well. These columnists are sharing their thoughts, views and musings on the issues facing our community and ways to make it even better.
Today, we’re happy to announce two more guest columnists that are joining the roster! Ian Black is the owner of Ian Black Real Estate. He is a longtime advocate for a strong business environment along the Gulf Coast. Diana Hamilton is no stranger to SRQ Daily. A previous guest columnist, Diana has worked tirelessly as an activist in Sarasota and has just returned to the area a hiatus since the Spring. Both monthly columns will run on the first Saturday of each month.
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SRQ Daily Introduces New Columnists!


At SRQ Magazine, our constant force in delivering the story of our region is always focused on one thing: the very best way to live local. Each day, SRQ Daily hits inboxes bright and early in the morning to wake up our readers to the issues facing our community, need-to-know information and a hearty helping of events taking place along the Gulf Coast. On Saturdays, we break our regularly scheduled programming to bring you important topics directly from the voice of community influencers. While the topics vary depending on the week, our guest columnists are a critical part of the SRQ Daily platform. Sometimes the best way to live local is to listen local. 

Beginning in August, we are introducing new columnists to our already impressive roster of local community leaders, including: Kevin Cooper, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce; Susan Nilon, owner and general manager of WSRQ and host of The Nilon Report and Sarasota Tomorrow; the executive team at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Catherine Antunes, President of Sarasota Citizens for Responsible Government and Vice president of Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations.

Meet the New Columnists:
  • Roxie Jerde: President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County
  • Donald O’Shea: President of New College of Florida
  • Carol Probstfeld: President of State College of Florida
  • Larry Thompson: President of Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Christine Robinson: Executive Director of The Argus Foundation
  • Tom Barwin: City of Sarasota, City Manager
  • Jim Shirley: Executive Director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
These new perspectives will join our existing panel of local columnists on a rotating basis. To receive your very own freshly-brewed SRQ Daily each morning, sign up at SRQMAG.COM. We can’t wait to hear what they have to say.

SRQ Story Project – Goodwill Manasota

Bob Rasinsky (far right) with Goodwill Employees.

Bob Rosinsky (far right), President and CEO of Goodwill Manasota with Goodwill Employees.

Few organizations in our region have as powerful and broad reach as Goodwill Manasota. Committed to representing our community in a host of ways, Goodwill is highly efficient and effective at providing life-enriching work, assistive services and extraordinary opportunities for the underserved (and sometimes overlooked) members of Sarasota and Manatee counties.

This April, SRQ Magazine is pleased to partner with Goodwill Manasota as our Story Project Partner. Special articles are featured in the April edition of SRQ | The Magazine and in our daily newspaper, SRQ Daily, throughout the month that celebrate the amazing work of Goodwill in our community and inform our readers about how their donations make a huge difference in our community.

While the most common interaction with Goodwill is through donations for their numerous resale shops within the community, their mission reaches far beyond the proceeds from your once-loved clothing and furniture. Goodwill is about providing second chances through employment, services to veterans and even an educational programming teaching Spanish, computer skills, arts and crafts, and cooking.

SRQ Magazine is always on the cutting edge of innovation in marketing and helping nonprofits – like Goodwill – brand themselves,” said Veronica Brandon Miller, Vice President of Goodwill Foundation. “With the SRQ Story Project, Goodwill Manasota is able to reach a very broad audience and gives us a voice to let people know that we truly do ‘change lives through the power of work.'”

To read about Goodwill Manasota’s story of changing lives right here in our backyard, pick up an April edition of SRQ Magazine and stay tuned for more about their major initiatives on SRQ Daily throughout April.

SRQ’s Phil Lederer Cooks with Chef Rolf

SRQ Staff Writer Phil Lederer is known in our office for his quick wit and serious talent as a wordsmith. We’ve never known Phil to be much of a cook – but that could quickly change! This week, Phil appeared on his first-ever cooking show with notable Sarasota restaurateur Chef Rolf Zahnd of Salt Water Café.

Chef Rolf Zahnd of Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen teaches SRQ Staff Writer Phil Lederer how to prepare polenta.

Chef Rolf Zahnd of Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen teaches SRQ Staff Writer Phil Lederer how to prepare polenta.

On the menu at Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen was a selection of rich, delicious fare: a starter of creamy crab soup with leeks and potatoes, red snapper and cheesy polenta served with asparagus and a custardy apple pie. Phil served as sous chef in preparing the cheesy polenta, which was served alongside Chef Rolf’s red snapper. Photo evidence of the day’s events show Phil at the helm of a steaming pot of polenta wielding a spoon. And we must say, we are very impressed with Phil’s newfound culinary expertise.

SRQ Staff Writer Phil Lederer stirs polenta on the set of Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen.

SRQ Staff Writer Phil Lederer stirs polenta on the set of Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen.

Representing SRQ Phil, was able to speak to Chef Rolf about SRQ Daily—the magazine’s daily e-newspaper. Featuring editorial selections, local news, upcoming community events and need-to-know snippets about living local in Sarasota and Bradenton, SRQ Daily will soon be celebrating 10 years of inbox expertise. Of the adventure, Phil shared his favorite part: “The custardy apple pie which he served with some ice cream and whipped cream. Flaky delicious crust, warm custard, green apples. Scrumdiddlyumptious.”

We can’t wait to watch the episode, which is set to air in January. Each new episode of Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen airs on Channel 26 (Verizon) and Channel 6 (Comcast) on Mondays at 7:30 pm, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30 pm, or Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 12:30 am. If you are looking for ideas for your holiday feast or weeknight meals, previously aired episodes can be viewed here.

If you would like to receive your very own copy of SRQ Daily directly to your inbox each morning, sign up on our website. It’s free, informative and a great way to start your day.

Ringling College of Art and Design and SRQ Media Join Forces

Connectivity makes the world go ‘round. And in today’s modern age of technology, staying up to speed on events and news is easier and more important than ever before. At SRQ Media, we are pleased to partner with Ringling College of Art and Design in a media exchange with one goal in mind: engaging both of our audiences in the local creative community.


Enter Landline, an online publication at the college started by the Student Government Association in the 2012-2013 academic year as a printed newspaper aimed at better communicating news, happenings and events with the student population. As Landline has evolved, it has grown into a source of inspiration for and reflection of the college. Now Landline will also feature arts, culture, design, architecture and networking events in the community curated by the editorial team of SRQ DAILY to engage students, faculty, prospective students, alumni and recruiters with the local Sarasota and Bradenton creative class. Robson Tan, second year Advertising Design student and Editor in Chief of Landline notes its potential to connect prospective students to the campus community, “we want to be a source of information that can help them better understand the college and be interested in us.”


Robson Tan and Megan, students of Ringling College of Art and Design and editors of Landline.


Nazanin Varasteh, a former Ringling College alumni and strategist for the Business of Art and Design program, Robson Tan and President of the Ringling College Student Government Meghan Cole approached SRQ Media President & CEO, Lisl Liang about a partnership aimed to connect the student publication to the broader, local audience. By creating a mutual flow of communication between Ringling and the Sarasota community, this collaboration provides students the opportunity to become more invested in the community and likewise to engage the community with the Ringling College community and its students. As Tan put it, “we want to encourage students to explore their interests by going out there—to take in all the sights, sounds, be involved, network, and ultimately, to have fun!” Thank you to Dean Eisner, a Ringling College trustee and local BIG concept founder for making the introductions.

SRQ Daily will promote upcoming Ringling College related happenings weekly (including gallery openings, student art, performances and the like) in a dedicated promotional column called @Ringling. Conversely, SRQ Daily will curate upcoming community events and opportunities to appear in Landline. This exchange of information represents an extended invitation to the community to explore Ringling College, get to know the incredible talent on campus and enjoy the creative work of the student body.

To receive SRQ Daily and explore @Ringling directly from your inbox, subscribe to our free enewspaper at www.srqmagazine.com. Learn more about Ringling College and experience Landline for yourself by visiting ringlinglandline.com and bookmarking the page—you’ll definitely be back for more! Stay connected with Landline on social media by following their Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Special thanks to the @Ringling team, Nazanin Varasteh, Robson Tan and Meghan Cole.

Senior Editor Jacob Ogles Attracts Sarasota Political Players


The SRQ Studios was packed yesterday morning for our “Where the Votes Are” presentation by Jacob Ogles, the Senior Editor of SRQ | The Magazine and SRQ Daily. The event attracted many of Sarasota County’s top political players to discuss the results of the August 26, 2014 primary election.

A few of his key findings included:

  1. Democratic turnout nearly matched Republican turnout, but GOP voters still significantly outnumber Democrats.
  2. The partisan divide is widening. Sarasota city voters are increasingly Democratic, but South County Republicans keep a firm hold.
  3. Geographic divides extend beyond parties. Englewood voters behaved differently in the State House than in county school board races.
  4. Younger voters are starting to register in higher numbers, but participation in primary election remains extremely low.

Download the presentation containing his in-depth analysis here.

SRQ Event: Where The Votes Are


Join Jacob Ogles, the Senior Editor of SRQ | The Magazine and SRQ Daily for an in-depth analysis of the August 26 Primary Election on Wednesday, September 10. Jacob is pouring through official polling data to present you with the highlights and key findings. Who turned out to vote? How old were they? Which neighborhoods had the worst turnout? How did the winners emerge victorious? As you participate in this discussion of democracy with many of Sarasota’s most influential political players and enjoy coffee and breakfast in SRQ’s newly renovated studios, you’ll learn the details of our precinct-by precinct analysis of the Primary and find out what to look for in the upcoming November election.

We hope you can join us! Seating is limited. RSVP to jacob.ogles@srqmediagroup.com to reserve your space.